On this 4th of July, we celebrate Independence Day and what better way to celebrate than by watching Bill Pullman’s speech as President Thomas Whitmore from the 1996 film, Independence Day. Between television and film, it’s one of the best speeches to be made by a fictional president. President Whitmore: Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial…"Independence Day: We Will Not Go Quietly Into the Night"
The Reagan Show is a sober reminder of what America is lacking: a politician who can act presidential as the leader of the free world. Directed by Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill from a screenplay written by Josh Alexander, Velez, and Francisco Bello, The Reagan Show is made completely of archival footage filmed by the Reagan Administration and network news. Reagan’s presidency was the most filmed of any presidential administration that came before to the…"The Reagan Show Reminds Us How A President Should Act"
When it comes to the studio movies, it’s time to start seeing some originality in the content they are proving. One of the biggest problems I’ve had this year is with the comedies being released. Either I didn’t see them or I simply chose to pass on them after reading the reviews and that’s a shame because comedies are among the movies that I choose to see first if there isn’t a comic book or…"Hollywood Needs Some More Originality In Movies"
Men in Black celebrates 20 years today. The sci-fi action comedy was released on this day in 1997 and I remember watching it at a drive-in theater (yes, they still existed in the 1990s). Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, the summer hit stars Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith as secret agents in a secret organization. Produced on a $90 million budget, Men in Black took in just over $250 million domestically and just short of…"Men in Black celebrates 20 Years"
Thanksgiving is known for a number of movies opening in either limited or wide release. This year will be no exception and will likely be busier than 2016. STX Entertainment has announced that Molly’s Game, based on the novel by Molly Bloom, will launch on November 22nd. This is the directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin, who also pens the screenplay. Jessica Chastain leads a cast that also includes Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Brian d’Arcy…"Molly’s Game to lead crowded Thanksgiving weekend"
Comedy movies have taken a toll at the box office this summer. What’s going on with this and how can it be fixed? Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros. have taken a hit with Baywatch, Rough Night, and The House, respectively. I’ve seen and reviewed both Baywatch and Rough Night. The House, however, was not screened for critics. Baywatch has struggled since it’s release. It’s made just over $57 million against a $69 million budget. It’s…"The House Fails and What’s Going On With Comedy Movies This Summer?"
We’ve reached the halfway point of 2017 so that means it’s time to issue the Solzy Awards for Film in 2017 So Far. The two films that really stand out to me at this point in the year are The Big Sick and Baby Driver. I started writing this article prior to seeing The Beguiled when it opened in Chicago on Friday. I debated a lot to myself about whether or not I should include…"The Solzy Awards for Film in 2017 So Far"
The Beguiled may be a remake of the 1971 movie of the same name but the acting performances are so strong in this psychological thriller that it almost doesn’t even matter. Written for the screen and directed by Sofia Coppola from the book written by Thomas Cullinan, the period drama stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning. Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Emma Howard, and Addison Riecke all play boarding school students. Three…"The Beguiled: Strong Performances in Civil War Drama"
The Jetsons may be making a come back on the small screen in the next year or two. Unlike the original animated series set, the reboot will be as a live-action sitcom. TV Line first reported the news that Warner Bros. was looking to bring back George Jetson and family. While the series will be shopped around, I’m not about to speculate on what network the series will end up at–if it gets picked up…"Family Guy producer to help reboot The Jetsons"
The first trailer was released yesterday for The Greatest Showman, an upcoming musical due out this December. Directed by Michael Gracey from a screenplay written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon, The Greatest Showman stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. This is Gracey’s feature debut. The Australian filmmaker has previously served as a producer and creative designer for Will Young Live in London and worked on the visual effects for…"FIRST LOOK: The Greatest Showman"